Deep Blue Sea
Facts and Figures
Run time: 105 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 28th July 1999
Box Office Worldwide: $73.6M
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Riche-Ludwig Productions, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Groucho III Film Partnership
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Fresh: 51 Rotten: 40
IMDB: 5.8 / 10
Deep Blue Sea Review
The story is familiar - genetic tampering makes sharks brilliantly intelligent - and they want nothing more than to eat people. Along the food chain are Samuel Jackson, Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, and Michael Rapaport. But most notable is rapper LL Cool J as a cook/preacher who provides much-needed comic relief to the proceedings.
Burrows and Jackson are also fun (with Burrows redeeming herself for the debacle of Wing Commander earlier this year), and a mostly clever and zippy script keeps the film alive. Director Renny Harlin seems to be back in decent form, too. And the CGI sharks are awfully well-done, with some of the best biting-a-person-in-half sequences ever put on film, he said, only slightly sarcastically.
Ultimately, Deep Blue Sea lands somewhere between The Abyss and Leviathan in the pantheon of underwater monster thrillers. It's not great and it doesn't suck, but it'll get your date to jump into your lap, and that's really what a movie like this is all about, right?
Burrows says, "Pull my finger."